Castle Mountain Resort closes for winter due to warm weather, lack of snow

CALGARY – Alberta’s Castle Mountain Resort is celebrating Family Day with a BBQ amid spring conditions, but Monday will be the last day of operation for the season.

The resort, which sees a yearly snowfall of 910 cm on average, has only seen 264 cm for the 2014-2015 season so far.

“The resort staff have all been working hard, moving lots of snow to rebuild the lower mountain,” said general manager Brad Brush in a statement on the resort’s website. “Unfortunately the weather has been against us, delivering warm, wet conditions that has eroded our snow base in these areas.”

Castle Mountain Resort on Feb. 16, 2015. Dani Lantela / Global News


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After a temporary closure last week, the statement says the combination of high temperatures and lack of snow is forcing the end of the season. The mountain’s snowpack is “too lean” to continue with alpine operations says the site; if conditions improve, the resort will try to re-open.

Anyone with questions about the closure can call the ticket office at 403-627-5101.

A skiier sits on a chairlift at the Castle Mountain Resort Feb. 16, 2015. Dani Lantela / Global News


Castle Mountain is located about 150 km west of Lethbridge and about 250 km south of Calgary.

Several mountains in British Columbia have also been affected by the warm temperatures: Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain were all on stand-by Monday morning as they wait for more natural snow.

The slopes at the Castle Mountain Resort aren’t very snowy Feb. 16, 2015. Dani Lantela / Global News



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